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Kevin Poulin is headed to the Tampa Bay Lightning after be claimed off waivers. The Islanders placed the 25-year-old net minder on waivers on Saturday ahead of their preseason matchup with the Carolina Hurricanes.

Poulin has had some rocky times during his tenure with the Islanders. He has 50 NHL games under his belt, but never really managed to fined consistency in his performances. There were times when he played well and looked like he was starting to find a rhythm, but that quickly end and his play would falter. Poulin, selected 128th overall in the 2008 NHL Draft, had a .899 save percentage in those 50 appearances and a 3.07 goals against average.

Tags: Islanders, kevin poulin, new york islanders, News, scott mayfield, Christian Arnold
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The Islanders take on the Kings tonight at the Coliseum, and for the third straight game Kevin Poulin will get the nod over Evgeni Nabokov between the pipes.?Poulin has played well in limited action while Nabokov has faltered lately."Nabby's played well," Coach Jack Capuano said at practice today. "Kevin's just in a position now where the last few starts he's looked pretty good. We're gonna ride him."Poulin has .920 save percentage and 2.35 GAA in six starts so far this year. He has started three straight games for the Islanders before, once during the 2010-11 season and once during the 2011-12 season. However, this is the first time where Poulin has had an excellent chance to earn the starting role for the Islanders. In each of those previous stints, he was playing in situations where the Islanders had depth issues due to goaltender injuries.So far this season, Nabokov has an .894 SVP and 3.24 GAA in 13 games. He's struggled lately allowing 14 goals in the last three games, which has led to Poulin's string of starts.?
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Last week the Sound Tigers reeled off three wins with a combined score of 13-7. They beat Norfolk last Wednesday in an 11am game, which is the annual school field trip game attended by many area schools. Over the weekend, they beat Manchester on the road and won a Sunday matinee against the rival CT Whale. All of that makes this weekend's three games in three nights (tonight @ Wilkes-Barre, Sat vs. Manchester, Sun @ Providence) a real shot at ending up atop the division by Monday morning.

The Sound Tigers currently sit in second, two behind Springfield and four ahead of Adirondack, with an 8-3 record. It's happened for a lot of reasons; there's not really one part of the team that's carrying them. They're getting solid goaltending from both Kevin Poulin and Anders Nillson, the defense is playing well, and there are the two first round picks in Brock Nelson and Nino Niederreiter, who each have a 7-6-13 line and lead the team in scoring.

Nelson's emergence in his first professional year is excellent news. The Islanders moved up in the 2010 draft to the very end of the first round to grab Nelson, and it's still very early but it seems as though that is already paying off. He's scored a goal in each game thus far in November continuing the offensive prowess he showed at North Dakota and, as LHH writes in a recent profile, has been given lots of special teams time indicative of someone who isn't just a point producer:

Tags: anders nilsson, casey cizikas, david ullstrom, kevin poulin, News, Sound Tigers, sound tigers
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As a gesture of goodwill after Hurricane Sandy, the Sound Tigers announced late last week that tickets for both of their home games this past weekend would be free. That's right, 100% no cost, nothing, on the house. On Saturday night, Webster Bank Arena sold out with a record 8,525 in attendance and they did it again on Sunday afternoon with another 8,525. For comparison, their home opener was attended by over 7,600 fans.

It's been a tough week on Long Island and all over the tri-state area -- 250,000 on LI still without power at this moment -- but it's always good to see an organization that does the right thing and recognizes its place in the landscape. Sports are an escape and spending a night at a hockey game can be one way to do that.

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Tags: kevin poulin, News, nino niederreiter, Editorial Aside, Sound Tigers
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Per Katie Strang, defender Andrew MacDonald is the latest Islander to head to Europe. He's going to be playing for HC Energie Karlovy Vary (say that five times fast) of the Czech league. That now makes seven Islanders playing in Europe: MacDonald (CZE), John Tavares (SUI), Mark Streit (SUI), Frans Nielsen (FIN), Michael Grabner (AUS), Lubomir Visnovsky (SLV), and Jesse Joensuu (FIN).

As for Grabner, who signed with his hometown team of Villacher SV late last week, the team didn't waste any time trying to capitalize on merchandise opportunities. They cleverly labeled the Grabner jersey t-shirt as a 'limited edition' but who knows, it could be a year long engagement depending on how things go here in North America.

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Tags: anders nilsson, andrew macdonald, Islanders, kevin poulin, lockout, michael grabner, mike fornabaio, News, Sound Tigers, sound tigers, travis hamonic
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